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We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Dear Mattapoisett Families,
Over the years funding from the Mattapoisett PTA has provided valuable services and programs to your children that have enriched their experience as a student of the Mattapoisett school system. Some of our budget provides funding for classroom needs of individual teachers and for the support and administrative needs in each school. A very large part of our budget is devoted to the Arts and Humanities. Through programs procured by our Arts and Humanities chairperson, Debra Nettles, the students have experienced many multicultural events and programs. Debra works with the teachers at both Center and Old Hammondtown School, linking the programs to the specific curriculum being taught in each particular grade. In past years some of our musical programs have included a Reggae band, a Latin band and a percussion band. A good time was had by all!
This past October, the 4th grade students participated in a Museum of Science Boston (“MOSB”) Traveling Program entitled “Geology: Rock Detectives”. The children had a ball identifying various rocks and minerals using hands on observations and experiments. Also in October, Mother Goose visited the Kindergarten and Project GROW students telling lively stories and bringing nursery rhymes to life – all while supporting creative thinking, language development and emerging literacy skills.
In November, all students at both schools were treated to “ Creative Contrast”, a visit from New Bedford Symphony Orchestra musicians who performed exciting classical music, demonstrating many examples of contrast through various shifts in different dynamics of music. This program also exposed them to various local photographers showcasing contrast through arrangements of color, shape, subject and value. The students LOVED it!
In December, the 3rd grade learned about the daily life of the Wampanoags in the 17th century participating in a program entitled “People of the East”.
In January, The students at Old Hammondtown were treated to another MOSB traveling Program entitled Sounds of Science. The students rocked out to the science of vibration, sound and music!
Coming in March, we have Storyteller Karen Chase coming back to mesmerize the first graders with her stories from around the world. A HUGE hit with the kids!!! We also have a returning poetry workshop for the second grade by Lyn Littlefield Hoopes. Her poems are inspired by nature and the students love her creativity! We have tentatively scheduled some other MOSB Traveling programs for the students at Old Hammondtown in the spring.
Providing these enriching experiences costs money!!! Unfortunately our fundraising efforts are not meeting our expense needs to keep these programs up and running. All of us who volunteer for the PTA know how busy everyone is! We also know many of us are under many financial constraints in today’s world. We need your support financially to keep providing these wonderful, cultural and learning experiences that the kids truly enjoy – whether it be through participation in the various fundraisers that the PTA organizes or a direct financial donation to the Mattapoisett PTA. Sometimes that is just easier in today’s hectic world! Please consider becoming a member or making a donation and help us keep these programs going! Any amount helps! Checks can be made payable to the Mattapoisett PTA and sent in with your child. Their teacher will then turn the check into the Mattapoisett PTA.